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Dunno why, just felt like posting this. All numbering is by the japanese releases

I (Finished) (GBA Dawn of Souls)
II (Playing) (GBA Dawn of Souls)
III (Playing) (DS)
IV (Own) (GBA)
V (Own) (GBA)
VII (Finished) (PC)
VIII (Own)
X (Own/Played)
X-2 (Own)
XI Never played, never will
XII Waiting till I finish all the previous ones I have

Edit 11/18/2006: Added two more. 3 to go.
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Don't bother with Pelican wireless controllers. Two xbox, one PS2, one Gamecube have *all* ended up with the identical problem. There is quite frequently a "bounce back" where you go in a reverse or random direction after the stick or gamepad returns to center. We haven't seen the same problem with Logitech nor Nintendo wireless controllers.
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I was >.< this close to a preorder for the Wii.

But the DS Lite cracks. Mine shows the crack, just not as badly as the one pictured at that link. I don't mistreat it, I only open it to the first click, and it's stored in a hard case.
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Wow, just wow. I was debating whether or not to continue my straight run through of the PoP series and take a side break to something else (like FFX), but now I'm glad I didn't. They managed to take all my complaints against PoP:WW and resolve them. The feel of the first game is back, but with the option of the combat from the second one. I'm a couple of hours in, already invested in the story, and have had a few cheer out loud moments, one of which with the new chariot race.

This is a far cry from my first impressions of the second game. Without any serious missteps and reasonable length, this has a damn good shot at getting at $49.95 rating.


Oct. 28th, 2005 05:24 pm
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After a six year wait, finally in my clammy claws is Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. I hope this doesn't have the same problems that plague other games in development for a long time.
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Game controversies, or rather the lack of them, are rather interesting.

Take San Andreas. An M rated game, ostensibly for adults. Incredibly violent, drug use, all sorts of nasty stuff. Add a little sex that can only be accessible with hardware (on the PS2), and everyone is up in arms.

Now look at my latest purchase. Sly Cooper 2: Band of Thieves, rated E, for cartoon violence. Full of nice (well, relatively nice, compared to San Andreas anyway) anthropomorphic animals that look like a 3D Saturday morning cartoon. Yet the first level has some bigotry in it that I've never seen mentioned anywhere. You're running across the rooftops of Paris, and about half the enemies are frogs. This seems like something the PC police would've jumped on the day this game came out.
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This post is a touch late, but I wanted to wait until I had the shipment in my grubby little hands. I am now the proud owner of one GTA: San Andreas, purchased after the re-rating to AO. (Although [livejournal.com profile] jenbooks is still trying to get me to purchase the AO version of Leisure Suit Larry, but since the game sucked and the AO version is PC only, it's probably not going to happen.

Boy, did this game take some wrangling to get. The day it was re-rated, I went to the local GameStop to get it. Nope, sorry, we don't sell AO. Doesn't matter that I'm 33 and don't have any children, or that the content didn't magically change when the rating did. Interestingly enough, the "San Andreas: Get it here" display was still up.

So, online to Amazon and add it to my cart, I won't purchase it to the next day because I'd like to to find and support a local place that doesn't pander to the morons. No luck, so "Move to Cart" the next day. Nothing, nada. Doesn't work. The game page is still up, no "add to cart" button any more. But, funnily enough, "Add to Baby Registry" was still there. Time to wander online and look for places that still have it.
EB Games Used last night, just the strategy guide now
GameStop Nothing
Circuit City Nothing
Best Buy Found on the search page, but any links are 404

Some digging around Rockstar's site and F.Y.E. has it. Place the order, and it's here today. $20 rebate, definitely putting it in my price range. I wasn't planning on getting this until the price went down, but Hillary "sexually repressed carpet bagger" Clinton forced it. I'll be damned if she's going to tell me what I can and can't play.

And now you have some idiots "weren't aware of the sexual content". Hmmm, what's in that label on the back of the box
Blood and Gore
Intense Violence
Strong Sexual Content
Use of Drugs

WTF made you think this was suitable for your fourteen year old grandson you stupid bitch? Now you're suing because you don't know how to read?


Apr. 18th, 2005 08:48 am
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I just bought Myst IV for the XBox this weekend.

On the back of the manual is an ad for the XBox version of Chessmaster. It's rated E, as I would expect for chess. The qualifier however, just blew my mind. "Mild Fantasy Violence" Chess?? Violent?? And there's been grumbles that the ESRB is too lenient?
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I bought God Of War Friday, and just got around to downloading the free soundtrack mentioned on the box. Or rather, trying to download. Nice lovely redirection to a page saying "IE 5.5, with Administrative access only"

Goddammit, Windows is *not* the only fucking OS in the world, and there's no mention of requiring Windows on the box or docs anywhere. Never mind the idiocy in requiring admin access.
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While looking for [livejournal.com profile] jenbooks new Palm at Comp-USA, I decided to get Tron 2.0 for the Mac. This was the first Mac game I have purchased, with almost all my recent purchases being console games and one PC (a whole $0.25!) game.

So I start installing the game. Not once are any administrative privileges used by the installer. And after the install was done, all 2.5 G copied to the drive, the install CDs get put away. No need to use one to play.

Contrast this to the average PC game, where you oftentimes have to be administrator to run, never mind install. And need disks even after going through multi-gigabyte installs. And how long have NT class OSes been out so that permissions can be sorted out properly? And what valid (to me) reason does a game *ever* need administrative privileges?
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Another one of those so-called journalists blasted a video game that he obviously knows absolutely nothing about. Article is at http://www.nypost.com/seven/12292003/business/14640.htm

My response to the author and editor:

Vice City does indeed engender racial stereotypes. Because of it, I think
Haitians are whiny complainers, can't be trusted to raise seamonkies, never
mind children, and think "context" is grafitti in a jail cell. Oh, have I
mentioned that I have yet to play it? This is simply based on their own
actions with the ignorant condemnation of something they know nothing about.

Apparently, this pasttime is something quite enamored of "journalists" as

"People, this is insane. This is 10,000 times worse than the worst thing
anybody thinks Michael Jackson ever did to a little boy". Uh huh. Let me get
this straight - raping someone that can't defend themselves without their
consent is less reprehensible than something someone does in the privacy of
their own home, of their own volition that affects no one else? How can that
even *REMOTELY* be justified?

"FOR one thing, the age cutoff is totally unenforceable, and everyone knows
it". It's actually trivial to enforce. There's these things called "parents",
maybe you've heard of them? They're supposed to do things like teach and
supervise their children. Yes, they're mythical beasts, but somebody should
be able to find them.

"Besides: By what preposterous reasoning can one argue that once someone turns
17 years of age it magically becomes OK to glorify mass murder?" Very good
question. By what magical process does someone become able to responsibly
drink at 21? There's a hell of a lot more people dying by drunk driving than
by playing video games. Let's ban alcohol too... Wait, we already tried that.
I agree that age is a completely bogus measure, but it's something quick and
easy to test. I know 12 year olds that can play GTA just fine, and 50 year
olds I wouldn't trust near Pac-Man, never mind GTA. If you can come up with
an alternate measure of maturity, good luck.


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